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sarah: there you go. making news in america this morning, candidates clash. presidential hopefuls speak out overnight. new polls jolting the campaigns and donald trump defending his temper. a live report just ahead. destination, cuba. president obama set to become the first president in 80 years to visit the nation. new reaction overnight. a shipwreck caught on camera. a cargo vessel smashes through a harbor walkway. the incredible scene, what caused this accident? and passenger pinch. outrage as your legroom may be shrinking but is this actually a good thing? good thursday morning. we begin with a surprise shift
in the latest presidential polls. >> as the republicans scramble to win over undecided voters across south carolina, a new national poll shows ted cruz inching ahead of donald trump for the first time making it a statistical dead heat. >> marco rubio is holding on to third place and he's going into saturday's primary with a key endorsement from south carolina's popular governor. >> it's "your voice, your vote." we get the latest right now on the campaign trail from abc's ray raimundi starting with the republicans. >> reporter: the clash of the republican candidates now going into overdrive. the battleground, south carolina, where four of the six republican candidates participated in town hall for rums across two cable networks. >> i do attack people when i'm attacked. >> reporter: republican front-runner donald trump all alone on msnbc where he attacked his fellow counterparts and defended his fiery temperament. >> in a year from now, people will respect what i did. you're so worried about being nice and being politically
correct. what would you rather have me do, be nice to everybody. >> reporter: over on cnn ted cruz and marco rubio along with dr. ben carson got their chance to address questions from south carolina voters. cruz whipping out the hammer on trump after receiving a cease and desist letter. >> what did you think when you actually got the letter. >> i'll confess i laughed out loud and i don't think anyone is surprised that donald is threatening to sue anyone. >> reporter: rubio with a more personal message smiling from ear to ear from nikki haley's endorsement. >> tomorrow we'll be campaigning alongside an african-american republican senator. all three are doing that here in south carolina. >> reporter: on the democratic side, hillary clinton and bernie sanders are battling it out in nevada ahead of that state's caucuses this weekend, new polls show the race in nevada at a virtual dead heat. and with the race so tight in
nevada the democratic party is providing an unopened deck of cards at all 250 precinct locations. if there is a tie a single card, a vegas game of chance can break the tie possibly coming down to a high card draw. >> how very vegas. huge voter turnout expected there. ray, thank you. some of the republican hopefuls are siding with the obama administration. they think apple is wrong and refusing to hack an iphone for the fbi. >> the iphone was used by one of the san bernardino terrorists and the fbi feels it may have important data on it. apple says that breaking the encryption would compromise the privacy of every iphone. the white house disagrees. >> they are not asking apple to redesign its product or to create a new back door to one of their products. they're simply asking for something that would have an impact on this one device. >> apple will appeal a federal judge's ruling in favor of the
fbi and it could end up in the supreme court. several of the republican candidates say that apple has a valid concern but should comply. a major announcement from the white house this morning. president obama is going to cuba. sources tell abc news the historic trip is planned for next month. about 15 months after the administration began re-opening diplomatic relations with cuba. president obama will be the first president in 80 years to visit the island while in office. overnight republican presidential hopeful marco rubio calling the decision a mistake. and the president will not attend funeral services for the supreme court justice antonin scalia. the white house says the president and first lady will however pay respects tomorrow at the supreme court where scalia will lie in repose. vice president biden will attend the private funeral mass on saturday. in the meantime, retired supreme court justice sandra day o'connor is siding with president obama saying he should get to nominate scalia's
replacement. pope francis will be back at the vatican this morning after delivering a powerful message in mexico just yards from the u.s. border. as he wrapped up his five-day visit the pope appealed to governments to open their hearts to migrants and prayed for the thousands who died trying to reach the united states to escape poverty, violence and persecution. the mass was beamed lived across the border to 30,000 in a stadium in el paso. air strikes on isis banks in iraq and syria have destroyed more than $500 million in cash. the loss of all that cash is putting a severe strain on the terror group's finances. in fact, so much so that some isis fighters report their salaries have been cut by half. the air strikes have also taken a heavy toll on isis and its oil smuggling which provides major revenue for its operations. breaking overnight the turkish government officials now say that as syrian national was behind a car bomb attack in turkey's capital that killed at
least 28 people and injured dozens more. the explosion went off at a busy intersection during the height of the evening rush hour where two buses carrying military personnel weretoed at a traffic light. well, it rained in los angeles for the first time this month yesterday and will happen again. the storm system moving across the entire west coast. >> impressive system there. except for a little bit of rain in the northwest plains, that's about it for precipitation today. it'll be mild for the rest of the midwest with higher than usual temperatures but a little chilly in the east. still no rain or snow here so we'll take it. coming up a pair of health alerts for both men and women. plus, troubling news for gwyneth paltrow. the case of her alleged stalker now over. why the man was acquitted by a jury. but first baby-sitters nationwide experiencing a pay raise. the going rate is going up.
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in southern california, a driver was crushed and killed when a transformer fell on to his pickup truck. police say he was distracted as he passed by another accident, lost control of his truck and smashed into a utility pole. two other transformers also came down causing a major power outage in the area. also in california, federal investigators now say corrosion along the exterior of a pipeline is the cause of that massive oil spill off the coast of santa barbara last year. preliminary findings indicate that the oil began gushing from a two-foot section of pipe. after pumps were shut down and restarted. those findings also note that the spill dumped nearly 143,000 gallons, that's much more than the original estimate of 100,000.
hollywood presbyterian medical center in los angeles confirming it has paid about $17,000 in ransom to hackers who disabled its computer network. the ceo says that was the most efficient way to get the hospital's system running again. the hackers demanded the ransom be paid in bit coin because the online currency is difficult to trace. health alert this morning. another potential risk for women who wait until they're older to have kids. research found women who became pregnant at 40 or older were more likely to have a stroke later in life. for those women there was a 60% increase in the risk of a brain bleed. there is also a slight increase in heart disease. but experts say more research is necessary to confirm a direct link. a highly anticipated study finds testosterone gel treatment is no fountain of youth. the study revealed mostly modest improvements in the sex lives, walking strength and the mood of 800 men who participated. all of them were age 65 and
over. researchers say their work isn't extensive enough to determine whether long-term use of testosterone gel raises the risk of heart attacks and prostate cancer as some studies indicate. and airline passengers could be in for more of a pinch than ever if planemaker airbus moves ahead with the idea. check it out. the company's diagram here for an underseat storage compartment to use it you'd obviously have to stand up, turn around and open it. but it would also severely cut down on legroom for the passenger behind you. the diagram is part of a new airbus patent application. >> okay. well, baby-sitters around the world, rejoice. on average your pay is going up. the national average for baby-sitting one child is $15.71 an hour. up 5% from last year and two children, the average rate is $18 an hour. those costs are considerably higher and expensive cities like new york and san francisco. nearly 20% of sitters get tips on top of their regular pay.
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bangkok. once the ship finally stopped onlookers scrambled to take pictures. remarkably nobody on the walkway or ship suffered any injuries. it'll be pretty smooth sailing for drivers in most of the country this morning. but you may find the roads a little slippery in the northern plains. you're likely to find heavy snow on roads through the western mountains and wet road surfaces on the west coast. >> i see what you did there. smooth sailing. flying, airport delays likeliest in san francisco and los angeles. speaking of los angeles, a shocking case out of there this morning. two veteran police officers are under arrest charged with repeatedly raping four women while on duty over a three-year period. >> prosecutors say the two officers who worked as partners threatened the women with arrest if they didn't give in to their demands. the officers are set to appear in court today. the two face more than a dozen felony charges if convicted, they could be sentenced to life in prison. back on the east coast bill cosby is suing the woman whose complaint led to his arrest.
the lawsuit says she, her attorneys and mother as well as others broke confidentiality agreements signed more than a decade ago. the comedian has also claimed an agreement to settle her civil suit against him back then shielded him from criminal prosecution. a judge has denied his request for dismissal. a man accused of stalking gwyneth paltrow has been found not guilty despite tearful by the oscar winning actress a jury acquitted dante soiu. the 66-year-old was committed to a mental institution for sending paltrow letters and lewd messages. they saw no evidence that soiu meant to cause paltrow any harm, they say. a sponsor backlash following comments about home by manny pacquiao. he said gay people are worse than animals, i'm quoting here. nike called that ab horpts and
immediately ended its relationship with pacquiao. others could follow nike's lead. two wisconsin tweens are grateful to be alive. the girls were halfway across a nearly mile-long railroad bridge when a train raced down the tracks. the bridge was not designed for pedestrians and they had nowhere to go. they survived by hanning off the trestle as the train passed. well, the family members -- family membered rescued was just as grateful as those girls. that's a golden retriever named skye. he fell into the 15-foot deep hole in state college, pennsylvania and was there for two nights. one firefighter climbed into the hole and got a makeshift harness in around skye and his colleagues on the surface pulled skye to safety. tail wagging and happy. >> very happy. >> and one more animal item for you. yeah, a deer caught on
surveillance camera. just a typical day browsing the aisles of a virginia liquor store. that's a smart door. pushed the door open, walked in and was quickly shown out the back door. apparently no damage done. no bottles broken. >> what was that campari he was after. >> looking for the henny. the nba gets back to business following its all-star break. highlights now from espn. i'm steve levy. one of the best rivalries if not the best in sports resumed on wednesday night. 20th ranked blue devils visiting fifth ranked north carolina and the game would not disappoint. a couple of heavyweight head coaches and then north carolina up six just over seven to go. grayson allen smothered at the rim by justin jackson. we go the other way, jackson crashing the glass and the put- put-back. eight and coach k wants to talk it over. duke would come back, down two. luke kennard corner three. dukies have the lead.
ten seconds left. north carolina had three time-outs, didn't use any of them. joel berry is blocked by derek thornton and that's the way this one ends. duke wins at north carolina by a single point. meanwhile, buddy heald, number three oklahoma visiting texas tech. just over two minutes to play. texas tech is down four. toddrick gotcher got that three. cuts it to one. here's oklahoma. keenan evans coming up with a texas tech steal, run of the floor and the bucket, red raiders up one. 14 seconds to go. oklahoma is down two. eisai yeah cousins on the drive trying for the lob to khadeem lattin off the mark. texas tech completes the upset and the fans rush the court. as they often do. that'll do it for us. be sure to tune in 7:00 a.m. eastern time for a fresh look at the night that was in sports on the one and only espn
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>> good morning, it is 4:28 i am reggie aqui. >> i am natasha zouves. the big weather is wet weather. >> noisy note with winds and thunder in the north bay where we are seeing it now. a few showers exiting the south bay and a few more around antioch and hang out to discovery bay. that will continue moving away from us. let me show you the movement with live doppler hd. you can see they are moving from west to east. i will show you the day planner. the roof camera this morning shows we have thunder possible, and it will taper by anyone with showers by 4:00 but looking
calmer and cooler an 60, dropping into the 50s at 7:00. our winter weather advisory expired at 4:00, but, frances, you have other stuff to talk about? >> it will impact the drivers. you saw how mike showed us live doppler hd and the winter weather advisory right new for the bay bridge from emeryville traffic is lit but roads are slimry. be center careful. there is also a winter weather advisory for the san mateo bridge, the dumbarton bridge and up to lake tahoe interstate 80 is closed. >> crews are busy chopping and grinding up the fallen trees around the bay area. this fell on top of a parked truck in crockett last night crushing the roof and smashing the windows. a driver in the north bay flipped the truck on highway 101 near atherton in novato at 7:15.
the smashed windshield you can see, the c.h.p. said the driver suffered minor injuries. >> thousands of pg&e customers are in the dark. right new, the largest area is in san carlos with 4,000 people have in power,. second place, 405 people in cupertino have no power and 300 homes in saratoga. 225 customers in san leandro and 200 customers in santa cruz. this is because of the blustery this is because of the blustery weather, with the high winds last night knocked out power leaving a neighborhood in the dark. [ inaudible ]